Ross Mountain, the U.N. resident Coordinator in Lebanon, speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Both the international community and Lebanese citizens themselves must not take for granted the country's relative stability, said Ross Mountain, UNDP Resident Representative and the U.N.'s Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon.The international community, Mountain suggested, may have overestimated the tenacity of Lebanon's current calm.Mountain praised Lebanon's resilience and continued stability but cautioned against assuming that either Syrian refugees or impoverished Lebanese would accept the current status quo.Perhaps more than any other diplomat or humanitarian figure, Mountain has long and loudly advocated for the need to support poor Lebanese communities in addition to aiding Syrian refugees.Mountain has lobbied donor countries to support development projects in Lebanon along with funding for the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Several countries, he said, have been responsive to the new aid paradigm for Lebanon.The current situation for refugees, Mountain added, is already dire.Working alongside national actors, the international community must continue to support Lebanon's stability.
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